Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger - Charter info
The Bell 206 series is the most successful series of helicopters in the world. Nicknamed Jet Ranger for the 4 seats version and Long Ranger for the 6 seats version, these aircraft are some of the most versatile in the world. The original design was made as a concept for the military but it was declined and turned into the helicopter we know and love today. Of course, at Private Jet Charter, we love this aircraft as much as the general public does, if not more and that’s why we want to share our passion for it with you today.
Facts about the Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger Private Helicopter
Aircraft Type: Helicopter
Range: 379 nm (702 km)
Cabin dimensions: Length 7 ft (2.13 m), Width 3 ft 11 in (1.20 m), Height 4 ft 2 in (1.27 m)
Luggage capacity: 15.89 cubic feet (0.45 m³)
Let’s start with some numbers
The Bell 206 was first flown in December 1962 as a prototype for the U.S. army (YOH-4) but it was not selected and was redesigned for commercial flight, received certification in 1966 and was first sold in January 1967. The manufacturer, Bell Helicopter has assembled over 7300 helicopters in this series! Their price tag varies between 0.9 and 1.2 million dollars per unit which is very cheap for a private helicopter.
The total length of the helicopter is 39.8 feet, its width is 33 feet (which is in fact the rotor diameter) and its height is 9.4 feet. The cabin can seat up to 4 passengers for the Jet Ranger and 6 for the Long Ranger. It is certified to fly with 1 pilot.
The empty weight of a Bell 206 is 2331 pounds. It can take off as heavy as 3,200 pounds with its 16 cubic feet of storage fully loaded. It is equipped with only one Allison 250-C20B turbo shaft engine which produces 310 kW of power.
Helicopters can land anywhere, no need for a runway. That makes them more versatile than jets. The Bell 206 can fly just over 3 hours. Its maximum range is 374 nautical miles at a speed of 120 knots which is only 10 knots down from its maximum speed.
As you can see on the picture below, the Bell 206 cockpit is a mix between mechanical gauges and LCD displays, so it is not fully a glass cockpit. Of course it has not been developed in one day and has received newer technologies over the course of its almost 50 years of service. The rotor only has two blades however its patented suspension system lowers vibrations.
Rupture resistant fuel cells, upper body restraints, energy absorbing seats and a collective mounted throttle are installed to increase flights safety. Access to the cabin is made easy by the size and design of the doors that open on both sides for a complete view of the cabin. No wonder this helicopter can be used for such a wide array of missions.
Travelling in a Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger
Cabin configurations can be chosen from depending on the mission. Whether you’re looking for an air ambulance or transportation of personnel to an offshore rig, or even missions for swat teams and firefighters the Bell 206 can be used. In a corporate configuration, you can use the Jet Ranger to charter 4 passengers and the Long Ranger to charter 6. As you can see in one of the images above, the configuration allows for face to face sitting and when you buy your own you can even choose the colour of the cabin. Here is their interior and paint configurator.
Compared to a private jet, a private helicopter won’t offer you lavatories, internet access or in-flight entertainment. However, flexibility is greater; you can land wherever you need and flights are usually short enough that you won’t need to go to the bathroom. Bell 206 cabin windows are so wide that you will enjoy the view like never before, making the lack of in-flight entertainment barely noticeable. The helicopter is great for sightseeing and tours.
Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Long Ranger Official Video - www.bellhelicopter.com
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